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Great skua (Part 2: chicks)

Stercorarius skua

Description:

The Great Skua breads on coastal moorland in grass nests right on the ground. As a result its chicks are left quite exposed. Like other skuas, it will fly at the head of a human or other intruder approaching the nest. These pictures were taken at Ingólfshöfði, Iceland, part of the largest breeding ground in the world for the Great Skua.

Habitat:

Coastal moorland surrounded by glacial black sand dunes (sandar). Last shot is of habitat. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing%C3%B3lf...

Notes:

Pictures are of 3 different chicks. These pictures were taken at the long end of a 150-500 mm zoom, at a remote and and respectful distance from the birds. The first part of this series can be found here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/348...

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6 Comments

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt a year ago

How SWEET!!! GREAT FIND, Daniele!! ;)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks eelhsamarie! These seemed so exposed and vulnerable in their bare nests... but the parents were fierce guardians (large birds!)

eelhsamarie
eelhsamarie 5 years ago

So adorable and fluffy! :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Marta and sarahviszneki!

sarahviszneki
sarahviszneki 5 years ago

SOOOOO CUUUUUTE!

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

uy! the babies! these I did not see in Hermaness. Cute!!

Iceland

Lat: 64.24, Long: -15.23

Spotted on Jun 24, 2013
Submitted on Aug 1, 2013

Reference

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